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  The Mendoza Line
There is even a minority, insisting that Christobal (Minnie) Mendoza is the actual Mendoza referred to in "Mendoza line." Minnie Mendoza, a consistent.300 hitter in the minor leagues during the '60s, finally made it with the Minnesota Twins in 1970.
One of Mendoza’s earliest influences was the legendary Roberto Clemente.
Mendoza was forever giving Horton a hard time on everything from his age to never playing the field.
members.tripod.com /~alpepper/mendozaline.html   (4427 words)

  
  Mario Mendoza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Mendoza was primarily a shortstop, and the epitome of a "good field, no hit" player, compiling a lifetime.215 batting average and.262 slugging percentage.
Mendoza also rarely stole a base or drew a walk, resulting in a well-rounded offensive ineptitude that caused him to be little more than a defensive substitute throughout most of his career.
Mendoza's most lasting contribution to the game was having his name associated with the "Mendoza Line," meaning a batting average near.200.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mario_Mendoza   (281 words)

  
 Mendoza Line - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mendoza Line is an informal term used in baseball for a batting average of.200, considered the boundary between extremely poor and merely below-average offensive players.
According to another version, a long-time minor league baseball player named Minnie Mendoza (born Cristóbal Rigoberto Mendoza in Ceiba del Agua, San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba on November 16, 1933) finally caught on with a major-league team—the Minnesota Twins—in 1970 at the age of 36.
For example, in handicapping sports, the Mendoza line would be set at the 50% mark, or where random chance would produce the same results as a handicapper's selections.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mendoza_Line   (405 words)

  
 SI.com - Baseball - Sluggers trying to avoid dreaded Mendoza Line - Sunday August 10, 2003 01:19 AM
Mendoza never was thrilled about living in that neighborhood, either.
The original Mendoza Line traces back to Minnie Mendoza, a career minor leaguer whose lone big-league experience was limited to 16 at-bats for the Minnesota Twins in 1970, when he hit.170.
After retiring, Mendoza stayed in baseball as a minor league manager in a variety of venues from Palm Springs and Lake Elsinore in the California League to Midland and Shreveport in the Texas League.
sportsillustrated.cnn.com /baseball/news/2003/08/03/mendoza_line_ap   (701 words)

  
 Mendoza Line - BR Bullpen
The term was derived from light-hitting shortstop Mario Mendoza, though Mendoza's career average was.215.
Mendoza claims it was first used by Tom Paciorek in 1979, but Paciorek says that Bruce Bochte employed it first.
Either way, it was started by a teammate of Mendoza on the 1979 Mariners.
www.baseball-reference.com /bullpen/Mendoza_Line   (93 words)

  
 The Mendoza Line
"The Mendoza line is actually named after Minnie Mendoza, a career minor leaguer, who finally made it with the Minnesota Twins in 1970 At age 36.
He supposedly looked at the weekly batting averages in the Sunday paper and saw that his was lower than Mario Mendoza's, causing him to say something like "I knew I was off to a bad start when I saw my average listed below the Mendoza line" which was usually around 200.
Ramiro Mendoza pitched for the Yankees in 1996, and actually won 4 games, though he lost five and had an ERA of 6.79.
www.bostonbaseball.com /whitesox/baseball_extras/mendoza.html   (650 words)

  
 TrouserPress.com :: Mendoza Line
Graduation put the future of the Mendoza Line in doubt, since everyone in the band wanted to move away from Athens.
Bassist Deppler's liner notes assessing the Mendoza Line story are almost as entertaining as the songs themselves.
Reaching beyond its indie-rock roots for inspiration, the Mendoza Line made the finest album of its career.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=mendoza_line   (542 words)

  
 The Fool Review » The Mendoza Line
This mythical threshold is often referred to as "The Mendoza Line." The origin of the Mendoza Line is well debated.
Another Mendoza, Mario, hit.215 during an unremarkable journeyman career and he too is often credited as the inspiration for the less-then-flattering term.
However it started, the Mendoza Line is one of those great baseball terms that have been developed over the years as a creative way to demean mediocre to crappy to god-awful position players.
www.thefoolreview.com /index.php?itemid=400   (392 words)

  
 marathonpacks: lol @ "god": Head of Femur/The Mendoza Line, Second Story 3.24.2006
The girl came back with something along the lines of “you’d be surprised”, at which point I realized, somewhat embarassingly, that she was in fact Shannon McArdle, one-half of the singing/songwriting duo at the core of the headlining band.
The Mendoza Line finally made it to the stage at about 12:30, by which time the crowd had thinned a bit, leaving those remaining in a state of not-sobriety.
I learned that the Mendoza Line are not as gloomy as their name would seem to dictate, nor are they as haute as their appearance would seem to indicate.
www.marathonpacks.com /2006/03/head-of-femurthe-mendoza-line-second.html   (1099 words)

  
 Miracle worker. - By Bruce Reed - Slate Magazine
Mendoza Watch: With gas prices soaring, worker earnings dropping, and the president's popularity falling through the floor, we need to develop a more comprehensive index of failure than the Mendoza Line.
The Mendoza Line is named for former journeyman shortstop Mario Mendoza, who had a lifetime batting average of.215 and a famed breakout season in which he hit.198.
Mendoza's career is a heartwarming reminder of the days when players could hit poorly even when they weren't recuperating from steroids.
www.slate.com /id/2125224   (5742 words)

  
 * Dusted Reviews - The Mendoza Line *
Although the Mendoza Line get tagged as troubadours of failure, that label is slightly unfair, or rather, it misses the point.
The Mendoza Line might be resolutely classical when it comes to their music, but they’ve turned their folk-rock influences inside-out into something new and wonderfully anachronistic.
Typically, the Mendoza Line cloak much of their more serious musings in humor and hooks; they’re too self-aware to wallow or wail.
www.dustedmagazine.com /reviews/1642   (1000 words)

  
 Music- The Mendoza Line   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
With the release of its fifth proper full-length, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Athens, Georgia, collective the Mendoza Line leaps from the merely ambitious to the conceptual.
It's not the Line's best album, but it's the band's bravest, and it might also be the season's most subtle political treatise in any art form.
But if pre-election gray areas are too much to consider, let alone leave the house for, the Line's live show pulls the lever on a compelling array of catchy, apolitical numbers; really, this outfit should be bigger than the Bush twins at a Florida State frat party.
www.pitch.com /issues/2004-09-30/music/critics4.html   (193 words)

  
 The Mendoza Line: Recordings
The Mendoza Line in turn offers this resounding valedictory summation of the themes of avarice, lust, lechery, ethical and spiritual corruption which have long consumed them.
It was the summer of 1996 and the Mendoza Line were living in Athens, Ga., attempting to compile their debut album - and wondering if they might just break up in the process.
It is now seven years later and the Mendoza Line are still together, but that much labored-over album never came out, at least not in the way the band intended.
www.mendozaline.com /recordings   (697 words)

  
 Plan 9 - The Mendoza Line : Fortune   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
The Mendoza Line has been steadily refining its brand of intimate, emotional indie rock over its last several albums.
But the Mendoza Line is not a mere throwback, and the intelligent sensitivity that characterizes the songwriting is channeled through a tension in the group's sound.
FORTUNE finds the Mendoza Line building a reputation as honest, expressive songwriters, yet managing to keep its sound fresh, lively, and appealing.
www.buymusichere.net /rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=12&upc=03286201582   (298 words)

  
 Bar/None Records: The Mendoza Line We're all in this alone   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Baffled but cheerful, the MENDOZA LINE then relocated to NYC (where certain more "intellectually inclined" elements of the band currently pursue graduate work in painting and drawing), signed on to Bar-None Records and prepared to conquer the world, or be conquered, or both.
Ranging in age from twenty three to twenty six years old, the MENDOZA LINE still strongly prefers to think of themselves as a "young" band, although in reality all of this is becoming gradually more impossible to justify to their parents.
The Mendoza Line, careening as ever between episodes of craven self-promotion and a relentless determination to fail, when confronted with this request, promptly opted to instead begin the record with ten minutes of meandering gibberish.
www.bar-none.com /bios/mendozaline.htm   (876 words)

  
 Ink 19 :: The Mendoza Line
The Mendoza Line play an interesting mix of indie pop crossed with tinges of folk and country.
The strength behind the band's sound has to be the guitars, which, although the variety of songs vary, never wavers for a second.
The Mendoza Line can be rockin' away at one minute (see "We're All in this Alone") or playing cowboy blues (see "The Queen of England") at the next, yet the guitars are always wonderfully played.
www.ink19.com /issues/march2002/musicReviews/musicM/mendozaLine.html   (225 words)

  
 See You In The Pit: The Mendoza Line
Which amuses me, because, right now, alt-country is apparently "in" and "hip," particularly when you count the hipsters who line up to see the the drawling chantenuse of the moment.
And when the Mendozas display the interplay between McArdle's wispy voice and Timothy Bracy's creaky vocals, well, the songs just beg to be sung along to.
Mendoza Line albums are all over the place, as the band employs as many as three or four songwriters on a single album.
seeyouinthepit.com /archives/2006/03/the_mendoza_line.html   (668 words)

  
 * Dusted Reviews - The Mendoza Line *
There’s a great Leonard Cohen cover made all the more surprising by being taken from one of his late albums, and at its best, the album recalls the earlier days of the ML when more or less anything could be attempted on record.
No matter how “professional” the band gets, one of the Mendoza Line’s primary charms is the sense of spontaneity and enjoyment they bring to playing, and their ability to throw curveballs.
As conflicted, contradictory, and occasionally triumphant as the America they describe in their songs, the Mendoza Line have become one of the most reliably unreliable bands out there.
www.dustedmagazine.com /reviews/2758   (727 words)

  
 Mendoza's Heroes by Al Pepper
The origins of the famous Mendoza Line and a biography of its namesake Mario Mendoza is also included.
However, according to Sports Illustrated (Aug. 20, 1990), Mendoza?s teammates on the Seattle Mariners, Tom Paciorek and/or Bruce Bochte, are the originators.
Another reason for the popularity of "Mendoza line," is that it just plain sounds pleasing to the ear.
www.baseball-almanac.com /books/mendozas_heroes_book.shtml   (4179 words)

  
 Splendid: Features: The Mendoza Line
For a moment, as I followed The Mendoza Line's Pete Hoffman down the rickety, criminally steep stairs into the ramshackle basement green room of Chicago's Empty Bottle, I honestly wondered if I'd reach the bottom without a head-first tumble into oblivion.
But this story isn't about me. It's about The Mendoza Line, whose lazy crawl toward critical adulation has spanned a handful of labels and spawned a healthy handful of increasingly impressive albums, each a little more accomplished and a little less structured than the last.
Sure, their name might be a baseball term for low-bar mediocrity, but The Mendoza Line has been knocking them out of the park with increasing regularity.
www.splendidezine.com /features/mendoza   (3357 words)

  
 The Mendoza Line: Full of Light and Full of Fire - PopMatters Music Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Throughout these tales of disappointment are glimmers of hope: the possibility of falling in love, the sacred communion of a night at the bar, the healing powers of a good song.
On Full of Light and Full of Fire, the band's seventh album, the Mendoza Line have perfected their literate brand of songwriting, writing a series of vignettes full of dynamic and round characters.
The Mendoza Line have always paid tribute to their influences, and listening to their albums is like making a compilation of all your favorite bands.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/m/mendozaline-fulloflight.shtml   (765 words)

  
 VH1.com : The Mendoza Line : Biography - Urge Music Downloads
Athens, GA, indie pop outfit the Mendoza Line were formed during the summer of 1995 by singer/guitarists Timothy Bracy and Peter Hoffman (longtime friends born and raised in
Formed from the remnants of Athens band the Incompetones, the Mendoza Line signed to local label Kindercore to issue their 1997 debut, Poems to a Pawnshop, which favored a more kinetic indie rock approach than the subtly pastoral sound introduced on the follow-up EP, Like Someone in Love.
The superb We're All in This Alone, the Mendoza Line's first effort for new label Bar/None, followed in the spring of 2000, with Maurice leaving shortly thereafter.
www.vh1.com /artists/az/mendoza_line/bio.jhtml   (291 words)

  
 Splendid E-zine reviews: The Mendoza Line
If anything, they've grown a little less self-conscious, wisely embracing their tendency for off-key vocals and eccentric melodies as part of their obvious charm.
But make no mistake -- when the Mendoza Line want to dish up gorgeous layered vocals, they're up to the challenge.
The Mendoza Line like a lot of jangle in their jangle-pop.
www.splendidezine.com /reviews/may-22-00/mendoza.html   (419 words)

  
 On Radio: Mendoza's line: Let's talk religion
Mendoza has had plenty of other projects to keep her busy.
In addition to home-schooling her three children, she's the producer and co-director of "Spirit 77," a movie based on the rescue of missionaries.
Although it just began this week, Mendoza has plans to add features to "Living Christian," such as testing video games for their moral and violent content "so we can be informed consumers." She recounts the story of a Christian school that, misled by the video game's name, was giving away copies of "Halo."
seattlepi.nwsource.com /tv/277310_radiobeat13.html?source=rss   (741 words)

  
 www.myspace.com/mendozaline
The Mendoza Line is a folk band residing in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Seven albums into their career, the Mendoza Line are finally making albums that sound both brilliant and focused.
Any band that posts a live shot of themselves with 3/5 of the group playing with their backs to the audience is going to the same place I am when I die.
www.myspace.com /mendozaline   (979 words)

  
 Cokemachineglow.com : Interview: The Mendoza Line
In November, New York's Mendoza Line released their seventh album, Full of Light and Full of Fire, to critical acclaim.
Mendoza Line's Timothy Bracy (TB): McLean, VA, a suburb of Washington D.C. Home of the CIA amongst other delights.
Mendoza Line's Shannon McArdle (SM): I was born in New York, on Long Island.
www.cokemachineglow.com /feature/interview/mendozaline.html   (3789 words)

  
 The Mendoza Line   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
These are the kind of sleepy, self-effacing indie ballads Yo La Tengo has perfected, but with an extra country twang that perhaps owes to the band's geographical origins.
The Mendoza Line have been crafting their paens to humility since the mid- 90s, and now have four full-lengths and an EP to their credit.
The Mendoza Line is nothing if not a little quirky.
www.epitonic.com /artists/themendozaline.html   (245 words)

  
 SPIN.com: The Mendoza Line - Fortune
The Mendoza Line are six brainy Brooklynites subletting a tiny one-bedroom on the fine line between sophisticated art-pop and insular indie rock.
In addition to lyrics and grainy old photos of men in uniform, the liner notes to their fifth album, FORTUNE, are filled with incomprehensible faux-McSweeny’s prose, not to mention shout-outs to the Williamsburg Bridge, Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller, their former publicist, the editorial staff of this magazine, and many more.
On "Faithful Brother (Scourge of the Land)" and "It's a Long Line (but It Moves Quickly)," McArdle dishes out sweet-and-sour sass like Neko Case with the New Pornographers, floating above her bandmates' boozy thrum, dipping in and out of the guitar fuzz and Paul Deppler's loping bass lines.
www.spin.com /reviews/magazine/2004/11/mendoza_line_fortune   (333 words)

  
 The Mendoza Line: Full Of Light And Full Of Fire (2005): Reviews
The earthy tones, accomplished songwriting and passion within Full of Light give Mendoza Line newcomers good reason not only to hear their new album, but also to dig into their back catalog.
The Line may be as polarizing as ever, but fuck me, can it play a righteous drinking song.
While The Mendoza Line's lyrics may be full of light and full of fire, the music here is not.
www.metacritic.com /music/artists/mendozaline/fulloflightandfulloffire   (392 words)

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